Renowned Indian Ghazal Singer, Pankaj Udhas, Passes Away At 72

Pankaj Udhas, an Indian singer known as a symbol of the ghazal type of musical poetry, died in Mumbai after a protracted illness. He was 72. The singer passed away at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital at 11 a.m. today. He had reportedly received a cancer diagnosis a few months prior and had stopped dating.

The information was revealed via an Instagram post by Udhas’ daughter Nayaab.

The 1980 ghazal album “Aahat” marked Udhas’s debut. Following were a number of successful albums, such as “Mukarar” (1981), “Tarrannum” (1982), “Mehfil” (1983), “Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall” (1984), “Nayaab” (1985), and “Aafreen” (1986).

The release of Mahesh Bhatt’s popular film “Naam” (1986) introduced Udhas to a large new fan base in a place where movie songs are given priority. In the film, Bhatt sings “Chitthi Aayee Hai” and makes an appearance as himself at a concert held in a Hong Kong auditorium.

Following were hit songs from a number of Bollywood movies, including, among many others, “Dayavan” (1988), “Gawaahi” (1989), “Ghayal” (1990), “Saajan” (1991), and “Mohra” (1994). Furthermore, Udhas wrote music for the Bollywood movies “Ek Hi Maqsad” (1988) and “Aurat Pair Ki Juti Nahin Hai” (1985).

One of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padmashree, was given to Udhas in 2006 in recognition of his humanitarian services and contributions to the ghazal music industry. Pankaj Udhas’s battle highlights how important early cancer identification and awareness are.

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